This, the garden of Jeff Pavlat, is the last of the "extra" gardens I saw after the Fling proper ended last May. Jeff is working at Zilker Botanical Garden (my post on the Botanical Garden is still coming) and as I understand it, his involvement there has meant letting his personal garden slide a bit. Because of that he wasn't on the Fling tour itself, but this was still an amazing garden, and I'm thrilled to get to share it with you.
The blooming end of the Agave above disappeared into the tree.
This was a very spiky garden...
I would love ABSOLUTELY LOVE to be able to grow a trunking tree opuntia. I can't even begin to imagine...
Heading down the driveway of the house now. The earlier photos were from the street-side above. That's Victoria Summerley staring in awe at the giant cholla.
It was rather awe-inspiring.
As was the agave bloom-spike. They're always amazing.
Retaining walls of various stone materials edge the driveway as it plunges down into the property.
That's the blooming agave I started this post with, back up street-side.
Pretty fabulous, right?
At the end of the driveway you see the first of several greenhouses. We'll come back here in a bit, first we need to check out that stairway on the left.
When I saw these pedestals I had the strangest sense of déjà vu. It took me a minute, but suddenly I realized why.
This image has been stored in an inspiration folder on my computer since 2012. It's from a post Shirley Fox did on Jeff's garden back on November 15th, 2012, wow. Six years later and I was standing right here! I may have asked about the missing planters, but if I did I don't remember (our visit to Austin coincided with losing of our sweet Lila, I was still in a heavy grief fog).
Note the baby Agave lophantha 'Quadricolor' coming up under the paver the pot is sitting on.
The view! The Yuccas!
As are the lower plantings.
Eventually we made our way into the hot (we were in Austin after all) greenhouses, there were all sorts of amazing things inside...
The second (newer, larger) greenhouse...
Finally we tore ourselves away (well Gerhard and I did, I think the rest of our group had given up on us) and headed back up the drive.
We paused at the house for one of our group to use the restroom, and try to remove a couple of cactus spines from her derrière. I'm not mentioning names, but it wasn't me...
What a fantastic garden, thank you Pam for getting us in and Jeff for letting us visit!
Weather Diary, Nov 26: Hi 52, Low 46/ Precip .32"
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